April 2021 Newsletter

April Research Briefs

April 6: Adults with Income Loss During COVID-19 Have Higher Rates of Anxiety and Depression
Author(s): Xiaoyan Zhang

April 20Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Educational Attainment Among Adults with Intellectual Disability
Author(s): Erin Bisesti

April 28Lyme Disease in the U.S.: Where is Risk Highest?
Author(s): Mary “Emmy” Helander

In the News

Professor of Sociology Jennifer Karas Montez

Jennifer Karas Montez was interviewed for the segment, “Your State’s Politics Might Be The Death of You,” on the Innovation Hub podcast. Montez is an expert on the social causes of death and disease in the United States. Her research explores how differing state policies have contributed to a seven-year gap between the state with the highest (Hawaii) and the lowest (West Virginia) life expectancy in the U.S.

Professor Dessa Bergen-Cico

Dessa Bergen-Cico wrote an op-ed for Syracuse.com, Has marijuana changed or have we?, on the Legalization of Marijuana in NYS.
Additionally, Bergen-Cico was quoted in a WIBV online article about the legalization of app-based sports betting: “For anyone, but particularly young people, I think (mobile sports betting) can be a problem,” she said.

Colleen Heflin Portrait

Lauryn Quick and Colleen Heflin wrote a brief on Housing Insecurity During the Coronavirus Response that was cited in this Common Dreams article. They found that from April 23 to July 14, nearly 15% of households nationally, 19% in New York State, and 22% in the New York City metro area reported not making last month’s housing payment. Additionally, Colleen Heflin’s research brief was cited in an article from The Well News.

Assistant Professor Scott Landes

Scott Landes was interviewed about disability data during the pandemic on Included: The Disability Equity Podcast hosted by the Johns Hopkins University Disability Health and Research. Listen to the audio version and read the transcript.

Assistant Professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, associate professor of food studies in the Falk College, was quoted in the Hortidaily story “Why Aren’t NY Farm Workers in the COVID-19 Vaccine Line?” Minkoff-Zern says, “I think this is something that New York is behind in. There’s really no job that could be more essential than farm workers.”


Lerner Fellow Katie Mott

Congratulations to Lerner Graduate Fellow Alumna, Katie Mott, who won the Student Paper Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Division of Sociology and Social Welfare for her paper, “Hurry Up and Wait”: Stigma, Poverty, and Contractual Citizenship. Katie was a Lerner Graduate Fellow in 2018-19 when she was completing her Master’s degree in Food Studies at SU. She is now a PhD student in the Sociology program in the Maxwell School at SU.

Publications & Research

Professor of Sociology Jennifer Karas Montez

Jennifer Karas Montez published research on “US State Disparities in Life Expectancy, Disability-Free Life Expectancy, and Disabled Life Expectancy Among Adults Aged 25 to 89 Years.” Montez also published an article, “The Rise of U.S. States and the Fall of U.S. Health” in a special issue of ASA Footnotes on health and health care.

Rachel Fabi recently published several studies. Her most recent one is “Sterilization in ICE Detention: Ethical Failures and Systemic Injustice.”

Amy Ellen Schwartz published an article, “The Effects of Special Education on the Academic Performance of Students with Learning Disabilities” in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Assistant Professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern gave a talk at the University of California, Berkeley this month about her book, The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability.

Research Profile of the Month

Marc Garcia Headshot

Marc Garcia gave a congressional briefing on April 23: “Living, Working, Dying: Demographic Insights into COVID-19.”

Report Summary: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recession has wreaked havoc on the United States’ economy and brought to the forefront stark racial and ethnic inequalities in our society. In this briefing, Dr. Garcia uses provisional mortality data from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention and data from the 2020 COVID-19 module of the Health and Retirement Study to document how the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recession have been particularly detrimental for the health and economic well-being of Black and Latinx communities. The briefing concludes with a discussion of how structural racism contributes to racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 mortality and highlights the implications of the economic shocks of the pandemic for the health and well-being of older Black and Latinx adults.